Work started late 1975 and by 1978 all sections of the track had progressed well. By March 1979 the track was nearing completion to the point where it could be put into operation.
It is a walk of approximately 80kms and offers diversity of appeal and attraction for those seeking a picturesque picnic location to a true wilderness experience.
Features include historical, geological, a variety of forests and flora, exquisite fauna, a canyon, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and ranges.
To date magazines and authors (John Cannon, John Chapman, Nic Haygarth and Tyron Thomas) have and continue to acknowledge the Penguin Cradle Trail.
NOTICE OF TRACK CHANGES
This information is correct at 9th November 2023.
November 2023 posting - PCT track update. Unfortunately winter and spring of 2022 wasn’t kind to the NW Tasmanian region, with extreme damaging winds in June and the October floods. Work has been carried out since then and over this summer / autumn period specialized track contractors will be working on the Leven Canyon and Cradle Mtn sections (this has been made possible thanks to a grant from Wildcare). Starting from Penguin, the track through the Dial Range down to the Leven River and along the Lobster Ck Tramway track was cleared this spring. Purtons Flats to Mt Lorymer was cleared Jan 2023 but from Mt Lorymer to Bannons Bridge Fire Trail hasn’t been cleared yet, but is scheduled for this Dec / Jan. From Bannons Bridge Fire Trail into Wings Wildlife Park was cleared Aug 2022. Leven Canyon section from Gunns Plains over the Northern Gates to the first creek has had many trees removed and track stabilization work done Oct 2022. At the Loongana end from the steel bridge to Griffiths Ridge, chainsaw work to the top of the ridge and track clearing short of the top completed Dec 2022 (there is still track damage near the top). Preliminary tree removal and track stabilization from Gunns Plains to Loongana has been done (this is the hardest section on the PCT). The Loongana road bridge is open after the Oct 2022 floods washed away a span. The section from the steel bridge at the Leven Splits to the stile on Loongana Road is uncleared and has numerous obstacles as well as a bad foxglove outbreak (we currently don’t know how to deal with the foxglove outbreak – suggest you read up on this horrible plant and possibly opt for the unfortunate road walk to Taylors Flats and reduce the risk of spreading the seeds further). Taylors Flats along the river to the base of the Black Bluff climb cleared May 2023. The track from Black Bluff to Cradle was good early Oct 2022 and should still be OK. As always, track work is ongoing, there will be tree falls but with nearly 80 Km of track, it will take time. Enjoy the challenge.